We stayed here on an Icelandair Northern Lights long weekend package, which just means that the Northern Lights tour is included. And yes, we did see them! A beautiful amazing sight! But it took the free second night's tour to find them. We were so lucky! The hotel was a little out of town but the 20-30 minute walks probably did us good! The bus terminal was only a few minutes walk away actually, although the tours picked us up from the hotel. It's a modern looking hotel, we guess originally built when the domestic airport next door was the main airport. That was not a problem at all, it's not very busy and only operates in the day. Everyone seems to speak English in Reykjavik, so no problems at reception and the restaurant. We ate in the hotel restaurant the first night, and the food was good. They also do a lunch buffet and snacks. We didn't experience breakfast as we took our own. Meals were not included in our package and Iceland is not cheap although the hotel prices were competitive. There is a nice atmosphere in the lobby with lots of seating and a cosy centre with a gas fire with real flames that you can sit by. There are several quirky statues around, (as everywhere in the city actually) and the hotel ones were crafted from wood such as three sheep, and an old lady and gent which reminded us of our aged parents!
The room itself wasn't spectacular but fit for purpose. The bathroom was a little tight for space at the toilet end, and only a shower, but no real problem. The twin beds were comfortable enough. The tea and coffee facility, which to me is a must, was fine. There were only two or three English channels on the TV (BBC2 was one, and no BBC1 bizarrely) but that wasn't a problem. Our room overlooked the front of the hotel and The Pearl (Perlan) observatory style building up on a hill which houses a history museum and a revolving restaurant. We walked up there one morning (keeping fit again!) and had a nice lunch in the more informal cafe. Beautiful view of Reykjavik from there.
The hotel also has a spa area which we didn't have time to use, but it looked very nice. There is also a shop which sells some of the goods you can buy on the Icelandair planes, plus you can book any tours in there, and get maps and advice.
One thing that would have been nice is if the staff on the desk had reminded us we could and should book our seats on the plane going home before we got to the airport. I remembered afterwards seeing an internet terminal that we could have used. It would probably have been fine if the bus taking us to the airport had not been delayed at the bus terminal because of a flat tyre, which meant that when we got to the airport, and used their auto check in machines, there were only two seats left on the entire plane, one in the middle of row 11 and the other in the middle of row 14! But you still have to check your luggage in, what's that about? It doesn't really save time! Actually we found when on the plane they had overbooked the flight by one, and had to get someone to volunteer to stay another night before we could take off, then they had to find his luggage! So we were a little delayed... but we'd had a great time!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Four-star Reykjavik accommodation showcasing the best of Icelandic nature. Newly-renovated Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Natura (formerly Hotel Loftleidir) is close to the city centre, in the quiet Oskjuhlid wooded area near the sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík
- Hotel Loftleidir
- Icelandair Hotel Loftleidir